Rabu, 05 Desember 2012

Stop the Illegal Settlements, England boycott Jewish Earth Results


LONDON (Reuters) - Congressional British unions agreed on Thursday to support a boycott of Israeli goods in response to their attack on Gaza.
Boycotts were approved at the annual conference of the Congress of Trade Union (Trades Union Congress, or TUC) is asking for a ban on the import of goods produced in some Israeli settlements, an end to arms trading with Israel, and divestment by from some companies.

Union officials said the boycott would target Jewish products, including agricultural products such as spices, fruits and vegetables grown in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

"We will support a boycott of goods and agricultural products from Jewish settlements through the development of a targeted boycott campaign led by an effective consumers," the TUC said in a statement.

Israel's ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, called the decision a unilateral decision.

"The TUC leaders should feel ashamed for the request frivolous boycotts," he said in a statement. "They have betrayed their own constituency by allowing the TUC hijacked as a political tool for extremists."

However, Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, told union delegates that they "have a role to play" in ending the occupation, the dismantling of the separation wall and illegal settlement's termination.

In the most controversial motion being debated in the four-day conference in Liverpool, Barber told delegates: "We believe that targeted action for goods from illegal settlements, and at companies involved in the occupation and separation wall, is a right to advance.

"This is not a call for a general boycott of Israel goods and services, which would hit ordinary Palestinian and Israel workers but targeted at business-based and sustainable settlements."

TUC statement condemned both the Israeli offensive in January and rocket attacks on the residents.

Barber said: "Both are not acceptable, and both have been pushing for a UN investigation concluded that war crimes may have taken place in Gaza. Blockade of Gaza, which continues to this day, is intolerable collective punishment."

The statement called on the British government to make appropriate representations to the international community to ensure lasting peace through a negotiated settlement based on "justice for the Palestinians and security for Israel."

TUC wants to end arm's sales to Israel, which claimed up to £ 18.8 million last year, up from £ 7.7 million the previous year.

Several unions were outraged by Israel's equivalent body TUC, Histadrut, to a statement issued in January to support the attack on Gaza, which resulted in 43 deaths and 432 injured. Barber said the TUC will continue to press Histadrut to be more assertive, and to help Israeli and Palestinian trade unions to work together for the prospects of peace in their region.

"The situation in the Middle East today is so grim," said Barber. "Brothers (Palestine) we daily face a terrible problem. They need our support in creating a just and lasting peace. President Obama now seeks to advance the state, and we all wish him luck. However, we also have a role to play."

Mick Shaw, president of the Fire Brigades Union, said the general council's statement not gone far enough.

"It's not just the issue of the boycott of goods produced in illegal settlements. Firstly, we think that this is not practical. These items do not come with a label that says' these goods produced in illegal settlements." We feel we need held discussions with Palestinian unions, discussions with the PLC (Palestinian Legislative Council), where we can put most pressure on the Israeli government and consumer boycotts to target the better. "

FBU who also took part in the conference is advised to do a general boycott against Israel's trade.

Speaking after the debate, Shaw says TUC policy that now "is an important shift" in reaction to military action earlier this year.

"Now we will try to identify the goods and products in which most of the pressure can be given to the Israeli government to persuade them to change their policies."

Hugh Lanning, chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said it was a decision "landmark" that follows the movement of the wave motion presented at union conferences this year because of "outrage" over the "brutal war" Israel against Gaza.

The position of the TUC gave the union of individuals who opt out after pressure from the University and College Union in a verse that says that "in carrying out these actions each affiliate will operate within its own aims and objectives within the law."

TUC is the umbrella organization of 58 British labor unions, representing about 6.5 million workers.

Two years ago, the UK's largest teachers union trying to organize a boycott of Israel universities, which will lead to the cessation of funding, visits and conferences with Israel institutions. (Iw / ap / gd) www.suaramedia.com

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